Obama, First You Gotta Kill the Rats

By Yul

Obama’s finally getting fired up in the last 2 minutes of the healthcare reform game, delivering rousing speeches, railing against self-serving politicians and a couple of heinous insurance practices.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi’s making backroom deals for votes and Kathleen Sebelius is futilely trying to get insurers to cooperate, while they tell her point-blank premiums are going even sky-higher if Obama’s bill passes.

So let’s recap…

Obama wants to give private insurers 30 million more customers, and he’s leaving them some big loopholes like the birthday rate hike so they can still stick it to people.

Obama wants federal funds (i.e., your taxes) to help pay ransom-grade insurance premiums. If you can’t afford health insurance, he’ll throw in a chunk of your taxes to make up the difference.

And the stupid Republicans are calling this a GOVERNMENT takeover of healthcare?

Sounds to me like the government is making itself and every American a hostage of the private insurance industry.

And not one WORD of this is about anybody actually seeing a doctor. It’s all about insurance premiums — and the built-in profit nobody but Sebelius dares to mention.

Obama needs to face facts. Private insurers cannot be legislated into honesty. Their business model’s survival depends on cold-hearted greed.

Let me put it in simple cat terms…

Say a town has a voracious pack of rats eating all the grain in the community silo. People are dying of starvation. So the town council decides the fix is to increase the amount of grain in the silo, mandating that every farmer pour his whole harvest into that silo.

What does the town end up with? More dead people and fatter rats.

It’s the same with healthcare reform. Obama wants everybody to feed the rats when he should be killing them.

12 Responses to Obama, First You Gotta Kill the Rats

  1. Adele says:

    Yul, our president needs your direct approach. Too bad neither he nor his team read Cats Working — if they did, maybe you’d get a position in the Obama White House. Of course, you’d have to put up with seeing Bo occasionally.

  2. noh8 says:

    In a perfect world, you’d be right.
    But just how difficult the fight’s been just to get this?

  3. Imabear says:

    I couldn’t agree more. When I see that we may be forced to buy insurance from the greedy companies that already the problem, there is a word that comes to mind, but it isn’t “reform”.

  4. catsworking says:

    Welcome noh8! We don’t think they should scrap the whole plan and start over, but there were already bills sitting in the House (HR 676) and Senate (can’t remember the number) that outlined a simply elegant plan for universal healthcare that removed insurers from the equation, and nobody would touch them.

    Maybe Obama’s hoping that the laws he does manage to pass to rein in insurance companies will turn up the heat enough to make them collapse and then there will be no choice but a single-payer system, which he once advocated.

  5. catsworking says:

    Imabear, I just read in this morning’s paper that Virginia is going to become the first state to pass legislation nullifying Obama’s mandate that everybody buy insurance. So, without having guaranteed access to new marks, oops!, customers, insurance companies will probably claim they can’t comply with the other laws and the Virginia General Assembly will grant Anthem and the others carte blanche exemptions to screw everybody through every hole they can penetrate.

    The ONLY way to fix the problem is to eliminate private insurance. Obama knows that, but his zeal for compromise has overwhelmed his common sense. In the end, he’s getting no compromise from Republicans and “reform” that’s probably going to make things even worse for everybody while the insurers laugh all the way to the bank.

  6. Imabear says:

    I live in California, home of the most recent Anthem/Blue Cross fiasco. I think their actions have resulted in getting more folks to stand up for single payer as it is such a stark example of the problem. I’m so sick of hearing about “death panels” and how the evil Feds are out to kill us all that I’m about ready to relocate to the moon. The main thing stopping me is that I don’t think our cats would like it there.

  7. catsworking says:

    Imabear, shortly after Anthem/Blue Cross announced the 39% rate hike in California, the Richmond newspaper had the absolute gall to print a story that rates in Virginia with Anthem were only going up about 14% — weren’t we LUCKY? Well, Karen’s went up 20% because she also hit 55 last year, and those 5-year milestones are the insurers’ license to gouge.

    The only reason more people now aren’t screaming for single payer is that they get insurance through their employers and have no f**king clue how it all works — and they’re too stupid, lazy, and complacent to educate themselves so they can assess the situation with some facts. Easier to listen to the simplistic lies of Palin, LimPaw, and the rest.

    Joke will be on them if Obama’s reforms pass and insurers pull out all the stops in finding sneaky ways to raise rates and more employers start canceling coverage because paying the fines is cheaper. They’ll be begging for single payer.

    At least, I’m hoping that’s the real strategy behind Obama’s madness.

  8. Mauigirl says:

    Good analogy, Yul. I wish we could kill the rats. I hope that in the end whatever passes will be able to be modified until it works better. I do think something will pass and it must if the Obama administration is to succeed – but it won’t be ideal and we will need to lobby for ongoing changes.

  9. catsworking says:

    Mauigirl, I’m sure you are right. When whatever they manage to pass gains traction (and he said in a speech that some of the curbs on insurance companies will go into effect THIS year — YAY! — maybe he learned something from the credit card protection fiasco), and people start realizing how it affects them personally, the real negotiating will finally begin.

    And if it turns out not to be the utter disaster it seems, the Republicans will be screwed in the mid-term elections.

  10. Joanaroo says:

    After reading that Obama pocketed I believe it was $800,000 from the health insurance industry for his 2008 campaign, Yul, I was ready to go down to DC and grab him and smack him silly, which I would do if I knew the Secret Service wouldn’t shoot me. I am really disgusted that he lied Big Time to those of us who backed him and voted for him. It’s like he took a page from the Rethuglican playbook.

  11. Joanaroo says:

    As I said before, single-payer was one reason I voted for him. Anyone who can’t see that single-payer health care would be the best thing for the USA has to be the most clueless person in the country. As I believe it was Imabear said-and forgive me if I’m wrong-I am sick too of hearing about Palin’s death panels and the rest of the GOP excrement and propaganda!

  12. Tuxi says:

    Hi Yul! With all the talk about human health care I am surprised the Rethugs haven’t taken over the Pet Health Insurance industry. There are several companies with policies but the only cat here who had a policy was Ginger and hers began before she became what was considered a geriatric age-12-. It helped some but had she needed any surgery during her kidney disease and then failure, then it probably would’ve helped more.

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